Loyola suffers blowout loss to Santa Margarita

Loyola suffers blowout loss to Santa Margarita
In front of the packed home stands at Saddleback College and a small contingent of Loyola faithful on the visitor’s side of the stadium on Friday night, the Cubs were dominated by Santa Margarita Catholic from the opening whistle to the final gun in a 37-7 rout. 
It looked as though Loyola may have been lulled into a false sense of its own prowess following a relatively easy season opening win over a below average Highland team. But whatever spin you put on it, the Cubs did not perform as they hoped they would after the long drive to Mission Viejo. It was clear the Eagles were in control until senior quarterback SEAN O’MALLEY took a quarterback draw 36 yards for a touchdown just before halftime to make the score 20-7 in favor of the Eagles at the break.
 Loyola got the ball to start the third quarter but was unable to sustain its opening drive. And from there, the rout was on. Santa Margarita gained nearly 400 yards through the air and gained big yards on the ground while the Cubs were unable to muster any consistency offensively. More than a few miscues cost Loyola dearly.
 It’s now ‘circle the wagons time’ for the Cubs. The team can embrace the lopsided loss as a learning - as in what it takes – moment, or they can accept defeat. The prediction here is that this group will come out with fire in their eyes the next time they take the field. The sledding certainly doesn’t get any easier as every team on the schedule from this point on is talented and physical.
 Loyola hosts San Diego powerhouse St. Augustine on Smith Field Friday at 7:00 p.m. The Saints have been impressive in wins over Ramona (62-13) and Carlsbad (28-7). St. Augustine is the number one ranked team in San Diego County in the latest San Diego Union Tribune poll.

Cub freshman team impresses again
Loyola’s freshman squad traveled to Rancho Santa Margarita last Thursday afternoon to take on the Santa Margarita frosh, who were coming off an impressive season-opening win over Mission Viejo. It was a physical first half. The Eagles entered the locker room with a 7-6 lead over the Cubs. Loyola dominated after intermission, outscoring the talented Santa Margarita crew, 27-14. The final score was Loyola 33, Santa Margarita 21. Cub quarterback DAVIS WARREN had another outstanding game throwing two TD passes to MIKE JONES and ANDERSON BEAK. Loyola running back KEVIN PARADA was also brilliant once again, scoring three rushing TDs to bring his season total to eight in just two games. The Cub defense played very physically in stifling the Eagles’ offense. Loyola will travel to San Diego on Saturday to take on St. Augustine at 11:00 a.m.

Loyola sophs stumble against Eagles
On Thursday afternoon at Hank Hernandez Field the Cub sophomore team lost to Santa Margarita 27-7. Loyola WR ALEX BLAKE made a great TD grab on a pass from QB DANIEL HAYES, but that was the only highlight for the Cubs. Loyola’s starting running back was sidelined, which clearly played a role in the outcome. The sophs host St. Augustine on Thursday afternoon at 3:15 p.m.

Loyola’s number one-ranked cross country squad sets course record
Ranked first in the CIF Southern Section Div. II poll, Loyola’s varsity cross country team won the Great Cow Run in Cerritos with senior CHARLIE SHERMAN (14:42) and ALEJANDRO SALINAS (14:58) leading the Cubs, who won the state D-II title last fall. Loyola’s strong contingent set the course record at Cerritos Regional Park with a five-runner cumulative time of 75 minutes, 27 seconds – a 15:05.4 average for its scoring five. Three state top-20 teams were vanquished by head coach LALO DIAZ’s Cub runners.